When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
In the past 30 years, light artists have reimagined an art form that has always had the ability to turn the night sky, or a simple window, into luminescence. Last fall, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts turned its southern glass wall into a parade of sound-sensing lights, Lightswarm, that changes with the movements of nearby people and things. Future Cities Lab, the San Francisco design company behind Lightswarm, has originated another notable light sculpture. Located by the YBCA's steps at 701 Mission, Murmur Wall will light up in arresting ways as it incorporates local trending search engine results and social media postings. Onlookers can offer their own contributions, which will feed into the Murmur Wall's data stream and light up the sculpture. What's trending in San Francisco? If you're walking by the YBCA, you can see firsthand — at least through light patterns that reflect the city's volatile internet habits.
Murmur Wall debuts Thursday at 6 p.m. and continues through May 31, 2017, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. Free; 415-978-2700 or ybca.org. More
As a subject for the stage, blogging must be handled delicately, since most blogs, like most frozen foods, are worthless. Are you really going to put your character in pajamas? Are you going to have him write words like 4ever, a chestnut that Nancy Franklin, a New Yorker reporter with a presumably full keyboard, recently used on her fancy publications blog? A new local play about blogging, however, has a secret weapon: playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, the same Nachtrieb who burst onto the national scene with what at first seemed to be a small potato, Killing My Lobsters first full-length play, Hunter Gatherers. By the time the dust had settled, he had a clutch of awards and the ear of every theater group in town. So he did what he wanted: He wrote a play about blogging, T.I.C. Trenchcoat in Common. Encore Theatre Company jumped. To Nachtriebs credit, T.I.C. doesnt involve a newsroom or a gossip-cave. Its about a sullen teenage girl who starts blogging about her tenants-in-common neighbors (an excellent use of a blog if there ever were one). Someone starts reading, and scary things happen. We like it when scary things happen to bloggers.
Jan. 2-Feb. 1, 2009
Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'.
Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"